Some Compaq Evos include a video connector on the back or side of the laptop that enables the PC to connect to an external monitor, such as a TV. Older models include an S-Video or video graphics array socket, while newer or higher-end models use a digital video interface or high-definition multimedia interface socket. The process of connecting the Evo to a television is simple, requiring few steps, but before you can use the TV as an external monitor, you must determine whether or not the devices are compatible.
Check the front and back of the television to determine which interface or interfaces the TV supports.
Review the sides and back of the Compaq Evo to see which video sockets the device features; if the interfaces on the TV and the notebook don't match, use an adapter to connect the two.
Plug the video connector to the appropriate port on the TV and then connect the other end of the notebook.
Turn on the TV. Press "Fn-F4" to view the desktop on the television screen to or to mirror the desktop on both the laptop monitor and the TV.
- Most modern TVs support composite video, S-Video and HDMI. You can use an adapter to convert VGA or S-Video to composite or convert DVI to HDMI. VGA -- and other analog interfaces -- to HDMI will not work without additional equipment.
- To extend the display across both screens, press "Windows-D" and then right-click the desktop. Click "Screen Resolution." Select "Extend These Displays" from the Multiple Displays drop-down box. Click "OK."
- You may need to change the video source on your TV to see the Evo desktop. Review the manual that came with your television for further assistance.
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